An “Egg”tra Special Easter

Bible Buddies met for their April meeting a little earlier than normal this month.  Bible Buddies was held on April 10th, a week before Easter.

The meeting began with the children’s prayer requests and Jeff leading the children in prayer.  Once the prayer requests were prayed for, the children competed for the spirit stick by weighing which group, the boys or the girls, brought the most pennies for the playground.  This month, the boys brought the most pennies! Continue reading “An “Egg”tra Special Easter”

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Jesus is the Living Water

On April 9th, the Primary Class learned about the living water.

Sandra began telling the children about the woman Jesus met at the well, as described in John chapter 4.  The woman, a not-so-nice woman by most standards, was at the well drawing water at a time of day when most people would not be around.  Jesus, though, was around and asked the woman for a drink of water.  Shocked that someone had spoken to her, the woman told Jesus that she could not get him a drink because He did not have anything to put the water in.  Jesus began talking to the woman and told her of the Living Water.  He also told her of the wrongs she had done, such as living with a man that was not her own husband.  Sandra explained to the children that the Living Water Jesus was referring to was hope, love, and eternal salvation. Continue reading “Jesus is the Living Water”

A Wordless Book About Salvation

On April 2nd, the Primary Class continued learning about Jesus’s ministry.  This week, the class learned about Nicodemus and his failed understanding of being born again.

Nicodemus did not want to ask Jesus questions about things he did not understand during the day time because he was afraid if he was to be seen with Jesus, he would lose his rank as a high society member.  Instead, he sought out Jesus under the cover of darkness.  Nicodemus had a hard time understanding what exactly it meant to be born again.  Sandra explained to the children, like Jesus explained to Nicodemus, that the phrase “born again” means that Jesus washes a soul free from sin and makes a person’s heart white as snow, or new again.  She explained to the class that when Nicodemus heard the phrase “born again”, he thought it meant an actual second physical birth.  Nicodemus did not understand that the phrase meant a spiritual rebirth. Continue reading “A Wordless Book About Salvation”

Keep Your Temple Clean

On March 26th, the Primary Class learned about Jesus becoming angry in the temple.  Sandra began her lesson by telling her class that the holy temple had become a market place.  No longer was it a place to go worship God, but it had become a center of business.  Sandra gave everyone in her class each a handful of pennies and each kid was given a pretend product to sell.  The kids began swapping pennies for goods and services and proved to themselves how distracted the temple-goers had been when the temple was a market. Continue reading “Keep Your Temple Clean”

He Turned the Water into Wine

On March 19th, the Primary Class learned about one of the first recorded miracles Jesus performed during His ministry– the turning of the water into wine at the wedding at Cana.

Sandra explained to the class that Jesus and His mother, Mary, were invited to attend a wedding at Cana.  Weddings during Jesus’s time were week-long celebrations, instead of just a day celebration like the weddings in present day.  During the wedding at Cana, it appeared the family had no wine to serve the guests during the wedding celebration.  Upon hearing that there was no wine, Mary urged Jesus to help the family and provide wine for them.  At first, Jesus did not want to reveal Himself, but He obeyed His mother’s requests.  Mary had faith in Jesus and knew He could perform a miracle for the family. Continue reading “He Turned the Water into Wine”

Resist the Devil and He Will Flee

On March 12th, the Primary Class learned how Satan came to Jesus to tempt Him.

Sandra started the lesson off by showing her class a short video depicting Satan’s failed attempts to tempt Jesus.  After the video, Sandra discussed with the class why Jesus did not heed to the temptations of the devil.  Jesus was sent from Heaven on a mission to save the lost and did not want, nor was willing, to be distracted by the devil’s games and temptations.  Sandra explained to the children that we, as Christians, should be Heaven-minded like Jesus and resist the temptations of sin that Satan tries to put in front of us.  She told the kids that when Satan offers a temptation, such as lying or stealing, that we should do the exact opposite, such as not stealing and telling the truth, and run straight into the arms of our Lord. Continue reading “Resist the Devil and He Will Flee”

One Must Be Born Again

On March 5th, while the Primary Class was learning about John the Baptist, Barbara taught her class about another important figure in the New Testament, Nicodemus.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, was curious about the teachings of Jesus. Undoubtedly, Nicodemus had heard His message of redemption preached in the synagogues during the day.  But, Nicodemus confused being spiritually born again with being physically born again.  Nicodemus could not understand that the salvation Jesus offers is a spiritual rebirth.  One can assume Nicodemus spent a lot of time thinking about how one could be “born again”, but because of his position, Nicodemus did not want to be seen during the day time talking to Jesus.  He would surely be accused of conspiracy and was too proud to lose his position as a ruler and his high status.  But, nonetheless, Nicodemus knew in his heart that Jesus was different than the other teachers and priests and sought out Jesus in the night to ask the Master questions. Continue reading “One Must Be Born Again”

John Prepares the Way

On March 5th, the Primary Class learned more about John the Baptist.  Previously, the class learned that King Herod, even though he did not want to, beheaded John the Baptist at the request of Herodias.  This week, the children learned about John the Baptist’s role in spreading the message of the Gospel before Jesus officially arrived on the scene.

Sandra explained to her children that John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins.  Jesus did not begin His ministry until He was about thirty-three years old.  Before Jesus was publicly preaching repentance and salvation, John the Baptist was crying in the wilderness that One would soon come who would save the world from sin.  Sandra told the children that based on the description of John the Baptist, one would not expect him to be preaching Jesus.  John the Baptist was a typical “mountain man”, wearing clothes made of camel hair and dining on wild honey and locust.  One can assume that he would not have been able to enter the temples of Jerusalem without being given the stink eye or a disapproving look from the high priests. Continue reading “John Prepares the Way”

Searching for Jesus

On February 19th, the Primary class began a series discussing the life of Jesus.

To kick off the series, Sandra told the class about the time Jesus was separated from his parents when Jesus was just twelve years old.  When Jesus’s parents were leaving the temple from the yearly Passover Celebration, Jesus stayed behind, unbeknownst to His parents.  Soon, Mary realized Jesus was not with them and quickly returned to Jerusalem to search for her son.  After three days, Mary and Joseph found Jesus in the temple in the midst of teachers asking questions.

Sandra asked the class to think about a time they had lost something important to them.  She asked them to think about how awful they felt and how worried they were until they found the thing they had lost.

She asked the class to imagine how their parents would feel if they found their children were missing and had to search three days to find them.  Their parents would be like Mary and Joseph beside themselves frantically searching for their missing child.  Like Joseph and Mary, those same parents would also rejoice when their children were found safe and sound.  Just like the parents, when we find salvation in Jesus Christ, He, too, rejoices. Continue reading “Searching for Jesus”